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Oparara River Trout Fishing

The Oparara River is a small river that provides excellent backcountry fishing in a beautiful setting.

 

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Fish type The river holds moderate numbers of brwon trout in the 2-4lb range
Situation Approximately 10kms north of Karamea township
Setting The Oparara rises in the Fenian Ranges and flows west through native bush to the Tasman Sea just north of Karamea. A very remote small river that provides excellent fishing for those who are willing to walk a little for their sport.
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Description The Oparara rises in the bush clad hills and travels due west to join the Tasman Sea.
Ease of fishing The lower reaches provide easy access and fishing though the more energetic angler prepred to walk into the headwaters will have a much better fishing experience.
Access See the Oparara River access map.
Recommended lures

Nymphs: Nymphs such as Hare and Copper, Pheasant Tails and Caddis imitations all work well in sizes 10 - 14 or smaller. Some weight may be required to get the flies down through the faster water or to fish spotted in the deeper pools.

Dry flies: Small flies such as Royal Wulff, Hardies Favourite, Dad's Favourite and March Brown all work well at all times of the day. In the more boisterous water use large visible palmered flies, especially in the hotter months when the river is low and very clear.

Wet flies: Small wets like Greenwell's Glory, March Brown and sedge emerger patterns work well when fished sub-surface. These flies are particularly effective when fishing the evening rise. In the lower tidal reaches use a slow sinking line and a fly such as a Grey Ghost, Parson's Glory, Dorothy or Jack Spratt for the good number of sea-run fish.

Spinners: Small bladed spinners (Mepps or Veltic) fished upstream into the faster water or through the deeper pools. In the estuary and lagoon area use silver pattern minnow type spinners such as a Toby or Cobra between Oct to Dec to imitate the shoals of whitebait that enter the river and are irrestible to the trout.

Regulations (1)
Applicable to Oparara River upstream of Karamea Kohaihai Road
Region West Coast >>>
Season 1 Oct-30 Apr
Methods Artifical fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Brown trout: 4
Rainbow trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Size limit (cm) No limit
Regulations (2)
Applicable to Oparara River downstream of Karamea Kohaihai Road
Region West Coast >>>
Season

Trout: All year

Salmon: 1 Oct-30 Apr

Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Brown trout: 4
Rainbow trout: 2
Salmon: 2
Size limit (cm) No limit

 

 

 

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